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Food Fresh From The National Forest

Wednesday, 27th January 2010

Piece of cake and cup of coffee at a cafe table

With perfect timing for Valentine’s Day, BitterSweet Chocolates of Melbourne can now be found at the Three Horseshoes at Breedon-on-the-Hill, Leicestershire.  BitterSweet are handmade with organic cream from nearby Lubcloud Dairy and strawberries from local fruit farms. 

Another new addition to this comprehensive guide to the delicious food and drink to be found in and around the Forest is the lowland organic beef, lamb and pork available at Standleys Barn Farm Shop and the National Trust shop at Calke Abbey.

The National Forest Food Guide lists where to buy great local food, with details of producers and stockists of everything from meat to mushrooms, beer to bread and cakes to cheese. It is compiled by local food expert Barry Smith:  ‘I decided to collate the Guide when I found how difficult it was to find out about all the very good produce I knew was out there!  The list makes it easier for both residents and visitors to the area to enjoy the wonderful selection of food and drink that we have here.

‘But the Guide will never be finished - it's constantly growing as I discover great new suppliers in the area, or new outlets for our local food, so feedback is always welcomed to keep it bang up to date.’

Penny Wilkinson, Tourism & Promotions Officer for the National Forest Company, said: ‘This brilliant Guide is testament to the quantity, quality and increasing market and interest in buying local.’

The Food Guide is available on The National Forest website www.visitnationalforest.co.uk/food.php